**CANCELED**BIOCULTUREALITIES Symposium + Performance Festival


We are devastated to announce that, due to flooding (of the Mississippi river, incurring loss of hot water and electricity as well as standing water/sewage here at MARSH), we must cancel this event until further notice.
We will re-schedule local events and projects as soon as we can re-open the space! We will also hope to host those who had planned to travel in from outside St. Louis at another time, if and when flight costs can be recovered.
If you can help us mitigate the flood damage and begin clean up (we will need new floors, furnace, water heater, HVAC ducts, plumbing and electrical repairs) please send any donations you can our way HERE.
Thank you so much for your time and interest.
-Esther, Beth, Kaia

The Bioculturealities Symposium + Performance Festival hosts projects, performances, pop-up public thinktanks, and food events throughout the week of June 9-16, 2019. The public is welcome to all sessions, no registration necessary, come-and-go at will. All events pay-what-you-can except where noted otherwise.


Lorene Bouboushian, Maxi Glamour (+ Qu’Art cohort), Jaguar Mary X, Simone Johnson, Cypress Atlas, Heather Kapplow, Sierra Ortega, Michael Allen, Shawn Escarciga, Allana Ross, Simone Johnson, Jessica Baran + Nathaniel Farrell, Janet X, Nicole Goodwin, Nina Isabelle, David Ian Bellows/Griess, Beatriz Albuquerque, members of the MARSH Workers-Owned Cooperative Diner and Food Co-Op + TBA
The Bioculturealities Symposium + Performance Festival marks the official opening of MARSH (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus). Local artists, organizers, cooks, and writers are joined by others working at intersections between performance art, food, social justice, land, spirituality and scholarship, from New Orleans, New York City, and elsewhere. Open to the public all days, we gather to (de)liberate pathways, debate the “natures of natures,” and design more habitable forms of life.


Can we learn by doing, as Micha Cárdenas advises (in Trans Desire/Affective Cyborgs, 2013), linking cultural and biotic transitional movements through one of the organizing principles of the Zapatistas, caminando preguntando, walking while asking questions, depending on tactics such as waiting, listening, and suspending judgment, in order to allow the learning along the way to determine the course? Though we are each SO very “busy” working to survive (a form of oppression in and of itself), can we make space-time for a “queer loop” that takes us temporarily into spaces of micro and macro focus, staging situations that give us each perspective(s) and enlarges/complexifies our mentalities/movements through contact with one another, thus empowering us to take our (distinct and entangled) next steps considerately? Can we shift our habitus to pursue alternate pathways? Where and how is the break between conditional reality (our slow and sure suffocation) and potential otherly-wise realizations? How and why are we enculturating, (im)planting, locating, performing ourselves and those (humxn and nonhumxn) bodies/bodilies we inhabit in new, ancestral, and context-specific ways?



6pm: diner opens

7:30pm: Cuerpx Tierra: video program: Beatriz Albuquerque, Nicole Goodwin, Nina Isabelle, David Ian Bellows/Griess, live performance by Janet


6pm: diner opens

7pm: Movement Mentalities: Public thinktanks on (individual and social) embodiment of movement(s), motivations, mentalities, and motilities. Moderators: Katherine Simóne Reynolds, Gavin Kroeber, Shira Berkowitz


6pm-9pm: Food systems potluck! Chefs/cooks of the co-operative diner and local food justice organizers as well as any others who deeply consider their food systems entanglements are invited to bring a dish and speak to how these dishes were sourced and made. (Bring food to share or suggested donation $5)


6pm-completion (come and go at any time throughout): Marathon community reading of C.D. Wright’s Casting Deep Shade (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), organized by Jessica Baran and Nathaniel Farrell. Food available in the diner.


6pm: diner opens

7pm: Performances by Michael Allen, Simone Johnson, and Shawn Escarciga.


6pm: diner and pop-up vendor’s fair open
7pm: Qu’Art at MARSH! Performances aby Maxi Glamour, Rose Whip, Blair Warnher, Lorene Bouboushian (suggested $10 at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds)


4-5:30pm: Simone Johnson: Bacterial Fingerprints, Microscopic Alchemy & Cosmic GI Symbiosis Art: A Gut-Based Research Group

6pm: diner opens

6-10pm: Lorene Bouboushian, Cypress Atlas, Sierra Ortega, Jaguar Mary X

SUNDAY, June 16:

4pm: Allana Ross, Mobile Indigo Dye Workshop. Bring fabric/garment to dye! (cotton is best)

6pm: closing public dinner and open mic/dance party





MARSH is home to a workers-owned cooperative diner (located in the former L&S Café on Broadway in Carondelet), a public food co-op, organic gardens, performance/gathering/exhibition spaces, and a residency/emergency/transitional housing apartment.

Operating a laboratory for intentional forms of habitus and plural, reciprocal, consensual, biocultural worldings, MARSH aims to correlate biocultural forms and structures with (p)articular ideas, desires/visions, needs, values, and ethics. Through intentional, performative organizing, we test and (re)model ways of inhabiting lands, biospheres, food systems, political dynamics (including “art worlds,” cities, polities, histories, identities), and our multiplicit body-minds.


MARSH was founded in 2018 by food systems activist/organizer and organic farmer Beth Neff and her daughter, a performance maker and organizer, Esther Neff, in collaboration with Kaia Gilje and others. MARSH is a 501(c)3, a d.b.a of Spark for the Arts.

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